Mt Kosciuszko National Park, Australia
mountain isn't exactly comparable in height to the mountains of Europe
or even New Zealand, but it does offer some very pretty terrain in a
very accessible fashion. An easily navigable tourist track made from
metal boarding leads from the top of the Thredbo chair lifts right
to the summit and will keep your feet dry while protecting the
delicate alpine grasses. Even in the snow season the track is a
breeze to walk (assuming good weather) making the summit something
to which most can aspire. Curiously however, the summit sunset
is something often missed by day walkers who wish
to depart while the light remains strong.
In early summer the
place comes alive with alpine flowers, and in winter the snow capped
neighbouring peaks offer a grand vista. Aside from the usual hiking
and skiing, mountain biking is also a popular recreation at Thredbo. Even ice climbing is possible, albeit on extremely short routes
at the nearby Blue Lake, while the approach to Thredbo offers many
quiet campsites for car campers and families such as GeeHe Hut.
A circuit hike (or
x-country ski in winter) can be done by parking at Charlet's Pass
and walking up the road to the summit, passing Seamans Hut, then
following the foot-track along ridge-lines back down via Blue Lake.
This is a much bigger undertaking than simply following the tourist
track from the Thredbo chairlifts to the summit and back.
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